Sourced from 303 Magazine
Murals come in all shapes and sizes, but it’s rare to find one that is alive. A “living wall,” as it’s named, is composed of thousands of individual plants that, when placed strategically together, form a design or aesthetic and continue to change throughout the seasons. Though Denver is home to hundreds of painted murals, there is an enormous living mural that is worth a trip away from the alleys to see. It’s found inside Fiddler’s Green — the music venue tucked away in Greenwood Village — and is organized by the Museum of Outdoor Arts (MOA).
It’s more than “seeing” when you visit the living mural — it’s also about experiencing the smells and life that buzzes and flies around the plants. The mural is actually composed of four separate parts in the four corners of the amphitheater, which altogether fit into a single theme. Each part is then broken down further into individual panels that are attached to the sound barrier wall with special brackets.
The entire display consists of 35,000 plants. And yes, it seems like that many when you’re surrounded by them. There are begonias and petunias, sage and succulents, peonies and many more species that allow for variation in color, height, density and texture. Changes are made each year since the project started in 2014, from the big overhauls like the overall design to smaller tweaks like switching out plants that didn’t prosper the previous year. During the winter, the thousands of plants needed to create the mural grow in greenhouses.